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Most tourists who take photos with wildlife love animals. That’s why they want to interact with them. So, during once-in-a-lifetime trips to tourist destinations such as Thailand, Bali or the Amazon, it’s understandable that they’d want to take a snap with an elephant, an orangutan or a dolphin for Facebook or Instagram. This snap becomes a fond memory once back home.
But if they knew about the suffering these animals endure for the sake of a photo opportunity, they’d put their phones and cameras away.
Snatched from the wild as babies, constantly surrounded by loud noises, passed from stranger to stranger, kept in tiny cages, animals are terrified, bored and depressed, all for the sake of a holiday snap.
Right now, as the tourism industry suffers a downturn due to the coronavirus pandemic, the wildlife selfie madness has come to a halt and many animals are at risk of going hungry. And thousands more risk being forgotten about and left to suffer in cruel captivity.
But, with ongoing help from supporters like you, we’re working to ensure animals in tourism venues remain fed and cared for during this current crisis.